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I purchased this album with the expectations of it not exceeding Kendrick’s debut LP. .. I was dead wrong. The truthfulness, insight, production, lyrics, flow and delivery all contribute to a cohesive, prudent, classic album. I don’t throw around classic, and the last time I considered a hip hop LP to be classic was Brother Ali’s 2003 Sophomore LP “Shadows on the Sun”. At first glance if you aren’t paying attention, several of his tracks appear to be just party induced/braggadocio fair. The head nodding production, and the catchy hooks along with the song titles are deceptive which is clever in their own right. You can play these tracks in clubs, but the message delivered is opposite of what you’d expect to be shared with listeners. Before I forget to mention it, do yourselves a favor and purchase the deluxe edition. The bonus tracks are all dope, and share the same vibes as the majority of the tracks on the main disc. I believe that many listeners may not enjoy this album if they aren’t prepared to hear him speaking from his heart on issues that range from spirituality, to being a follower of what is perceived as cool/fun. He does it in such a sobering way, that many may view his work as being preachy. I found it refreshing that an artist (especially in the mainstream hip hop industry) was so willing to display this level of honesty with the world. If anything, I’d say give this album a fair chance, but I just want people to understand what they’ll be hearing when they press play. As I said before, he throws you off with catchy hooks, and the smooth production and titles of the some of the tracks. But when you listen to tracks like Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe and Swimming Pools, you’ll begin to understand what I’m talking about. The depth and truthfulness in his tracks allows for several listens. I believe it should be shared with those who are hip hop skeptics, skeptics of his work, and those who need to hear the words from a young man whom addresses issues on the mistakes that many of us make, but does not glorify them. I’ll leave you with my favorite tracks on the album. Make sure to show your support for him by purchasing this album. I’ve bought two copies for a family member and friend. My stand out tracks are:Bitch Don’t Kill My VibeThe Art of Peer PressureGood KidSwimming PoolsSing About Me, I’m Dying of ThirstPoetic JusticeBlack Boy Fly (Bonus track)The Recipe (Bonus track) Check it out!
Deluxe, Explicit Version Now Includes: Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe feat. Jay-Z good kid, m.A.A.d city landed in the tiny overlap between popular adoration and critical respect, selling more copies in its first week than any other debut album in 2012 and earning massive nods from Pitchfork, The New York Times, MTV and hundreds of other outlets. Lamar raps with hypnotizing precision, in triple time and in different voices, recalling the moments of dizzying theatricality of Eminem’s The Slim Shady LP and combining them with the unglamorous grit of Nas’ Illmatic. Long before Kendrick Lamar was redefining the boundaries of rap, he was a kid growing up in Compton in the 1990s, trying to stay out of trouble. I’m six years old, seein’ my uncles playing with shotguns, sellin’ dope in front of the apartment. My moms and pops never said nothing, ’cause they were young and living wild, too, he said in a 2011 interview. The mayhem going on around him couldn’t stop Lamar from getting good grades, but he found school frustrating: This is always in my head: There was a math question that I knew the answer to, but I was so scared to say it. Then this little chick said the answer and it was the right answer, my answer. That bothers me still to this day, bein’ scared of failure. Lamar idolized Tupac Shakur growing up, and by 16, he’d recorded his first mixtape, under the name K. Dot. He’d also signed with Top Dawg Entertainment, now home to other L.A. up-and-comers like ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock. Lamar released a series of mixtapes as K. Dot, receiving cosigns from rappers like Lil Wayne and Game, before dropping the moniker and going by his birth name in 2009. I’ll always be K. Dot in Compton, he said. ‘Kendrick Lamar’ is more mature and I can talk more about what I want to do with my life. I want my legacy to be about who I am as a person, not just as an artist. 2011’s Section.80, moved thousands of copies with no promotion and established Lamar as an songwriter with something meaningful to say to his generation, one that hadn’t been spoken to with as much respect and conviction by any other artist. Lamar toured America behind Section.80, watching thousands of people scream every one of his words back to him, reveling in a connection with his fans that runs as deep as his lyrics.
good kid, m.A.A.d city [2 CD Deluxe Edition][Explicit][New Vers Review
I enjoyed K-Dot and his first CD. I specifically enjoyed the song (I think it’s #8) with MC Eigt because the song itself takes on a whole feel of its own. The music transitions for them separately, but brings them together too. I feel as though Dr. Dre did a great job with Kendrick in helping him develop a story-telling adventure for his listeners. Kendrick is definitely the "new" westcoast MC that focuses in more on lyrics and meaning than music and production. He’ll surprise you with his ability to put words together and invite you into his world. I’m interested in what single’s and videos will look like. It will be kind of hard to put visuals to most of this album, but I’m sure his vision is still futuristic. -Read Reviews-
Whereas his contemporaries may be busy talking about the gains received from their illicit business, Kendrick Lamar’s debut plays like an audio movie which focuses on the psychology of those who actually live in the neighborhoods where these activities go on. As an artist, Kendrick Lamar has been able to provide projects (The Kendrick Lamar EP, O.D. and Section. 80) that are leaps and bounds better than what’s played on the radio. And with his major label release, he continues the trend of making music for his audience rather than airplay. The result is a tour de force that has landed him on the top of music critics lists in 2012. It’s amazing what can be done when you don’t betray your artistic integrity.